Douglas W. Jenkins

Douglas W. Jenkins, 86, of River Falls passed away April 13, 2016, at the local Kinnic Health Center. Douglas was born July 6, 1929, in Cumberland, WI, the son of Harry and Edna (Hagen) Jenkins. He graduated from River Falls High School, Class of 1947, and proudly served his country with the US Naval Reserves. Doug earned his Bachelor degree in Business and History from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He was united in marriage to Rita Ruemmele on August 14, 1965, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson. Douglas and his wife owned and operated the Das Spielhaus/Roller Rink in River Falls for nearly 30 years. In addition to skating, the local venue was a popular wedding dance site and is also remembered for bringing in nationally-known acts including the Beach Boys, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis and George Hamilton IV.

In his earlier years, Doug excelled in the sports of boxing and downhill skiing, and also loved the thrill of racing his stock car at area tracks. Doug took great pleasure in competing his golden retriever “Rusty” in field trials. After retiring, Doug and Rita treasured their time away “up north,” and were fortunate to share travels to Germany with Rita’s folks, exploring their family heritage. A life-long member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church, Doug exhibited a gracious heart and was always willing to give, and serve others.

Doug will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of 51 years, Rita; sister, Eloise Creswell of Oregon; brother, Edward Jenkins of River Falls; sister, Kathleen Jenkins of River Falls; many special nieces and nephews, other relatives, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill; his parents; mother and father-in-law, Amelia and Jacob Ruemmele; sister-in-law, Marge Gavin; brothers-in-law, Loyal Creswell, Jim Ruemmele, Chuck Gavin and Enos Smith.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place from 5-7 PM Monday, April 18 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 S. 2nd St., River Falls, and also 1 hour prior to an 11 AM Memorial Service, Tuesday, April 19 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Memorials are preferred to the Ezekiel Memorial Fund.


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